IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
April 9, 2019
Mr. Manchin (for himself, Mr. Gardner, Ms. Cantwell, Mr. Burr, Mr. Bennet, Ms. Collins, Mr. Tester, Mr. Daines, Mr. Udall, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Heinrich, Mr. Graham, Mr. King, and Mrs. Shaheen) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To amend title 54, United States Code, to provide permanent, dedicated funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act.
Permanent full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund
Section 200303 of title 54, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:
Availability of funds
For fiscal year 2020 and each fiscal year thereafter, amounts deposited in the Fund under section 200302 shall be made available for expenditure, without further appropriation or fiscal year limitation, to carry out the purposes of the Fund (including accounts and programs made available from the Fund under the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law 113–235; 128 Stat. 2130)).
Amounts made available under subsection (a) shall be in addition to amounts made available to the Fund under section 105 of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note; Public Law 109–432) or otherwise appropriated from the Fund.
Submission of cost estimates
The President shall submit to Congress detailed account, program, and project allocations to be funded under subsection (a) as part of the annual budget submission of the President.
Appropriations Acts may provide for alternate allocation of amounts made available under subsection (a), including allocations by account and program.
Allocation by president
No alternate allocations
If Congress has not enacted legislation establishing alternate allocations by the date that is 120 days after the date on which the applicable fiscal year begins, amounts made available under subsection (a) shall be allocated by the President.
Insufficient alternate allocation
If Congress enacts legislation establishing alternate allocations for amounts made available under subsection (a) that are less than the full amount appropriated under that subsection, the difference between the amount appropriated and the alternate allocation shall be allocated by the President.
Recreational public access
Amounts expended from the Fund under this section shall be consistent with the requirements for recreational public access for hunting, fishing, recreational shooting, or other outdoor recreational purposes under section 200306(c).
The President shall submit to Congress an annual report that describes the final allocation by account, program, and project of amounts made available under subsection (a), including a description of the status of obligations and expenditures.
Section 200302(c) of title 54, United States Code, is amended by striking paragraph (3).
The table of sections for chapter 2003 of title 54, United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to section 200303 and inserting the following:
200303. Availability of funds.